Early Spring Events in Cape May

Cape May is beautiful in the Spring!  The town is just waking up after a long winter.  The colorful flowers are blooming, the grass is once again green, and the leaves on the trees are beginning to open and provide shade.  It is simply a wonderful time to be here!

The annual Spring Festival runs from April 27 thru May 6.  During this time there are many fun events going on in and around town.  Explore the Historic District and view the gardens in full bloom.  Enjoy a tour in one of the open air trolleys or do the self guided audio tour at your own pace.  There will be craft and antique shows at the Physick Estate, tours at our local vineyards, or just take a stroll along the boardwalk. 

Enjoy Cape May at its finest.  We’ll see you soon!

Cape May – America’s Coolest Small Town

          Those of us who appreciate Cape May can understand how it made the top 10 of America’s Coolest Small Towns 2012. But there’s still time to make it #1 this year. Follow this link to vote for Cape May: http://www.budgettravel.com/contest/americas-coolest-small-towns-2012,11/ Then share the link with your friends. You can vote once daily before the contest closes January 31, 2012.

           And don’t forget to consult a HomeStead Realtor for all your real estate needs. We are the Cape May Experts!

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You now have the added option to view our website through a user friendly interface when using a mobile device.  Our regular website recognizes your mobile unit and automatically refers you to the mobile site.   You can go directly to our mobile site at www.capemayrealestate.mobi.

HomeStead At West Cape May Tomato Festival

This past Saturday sales agents from our office attended the West Cape May Tomato Festival.  The weather was wonderful and the event was very well attended.  Our agents met many wonderful people who stopped by to chat or just to say hello.  Many questions regarding sales were asked and answered and a great time was had by all.

We handed out HomeStead Tomato seed packets which everyone enjoyed receiving.  We also held a raffle for a gift basket filled with all things tomato, which of course was very popular.   We would like to congratulate the winner of the gift basket, Linda L. from Harrisburg PA.  Linda was in town vacationing with family and friends.

Its wonderful that our town holds these events and we are able to get out in the community and meet our neighbors and see old friends.  Our next event will be the Lima Bean Festival on October 8.  Look for our HomeStead tent and stop by to say hello, we look forward to seeing you.  In the meantime if you have any questions you can call our office 609-884-1888 or check our sales website for a complete listing of area properties for sale www.HomeSteadCapeMay.com.  See you soon!

FOURTH OF JULY IN CAPE MAY

How wonderful it is to be able to spend 4th of July in Cape May. What better way to relax then a day at the beach followed by an evening of fireworks (fireworks can be seen along the beachfront free of charge).

The festivities begin at 4PM at Congress Hall with an All-American Picnic. The picnic is open to the public and advance ticket purchase is recommended ($20 adults, $10 children 12 and under). Your ticket includes kids games, patriotic sing-a-longs, live music, and fireworks of course. Food will be available for purchase from 5-9PM. Don’t forget to bring along your lawn chairs and blankets. Sorry, no carry-in coolers are allowed.

Wildwood will also be displaying fireworks on the 4th and every Saturday through Labor Day. They can be seen along the beachfront and there is no admission, just bring your lawn chairs or blanket.

On July 3rd North Cape May will be hosting the Lower Township Independence Day Festival and Fireworks. This will take place along the bayfront from Lincoln Blvd to Emerson Ave from 5-9PM. There will be live music and amusement rides ($1 per ride) and fireworks begin at dusk.

Also on the 3rd the Cape May Ferry parking lot and lawn will be open to enjoy the fireworks with entertainment beginning at 5 PM. There is no admission and there will be live music, face painters, childrens entertainment, and food and beverages for sale. Please bring your own lawn chairs or blanket. No carry-in coolers please.

Enjoy, have fun and be safe! Happy 4th!

HomeStead’s Newest Sales Agents

Everyone at HomeStead Real Estate would like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest sales agents, Micah Yerk and Bryce Sol Hoffman.

Micah and Bryce were both raised in Cape May. They have recently returned to their hometown after spending some time in the Philadelphia area. Micah held a career in the health care industry while Bryce pursued her degree in Psychology.

The two were recently engaged and also hold the full time property management position at the Blue Fish Inn in Cape May. Micah is finishing his degree in business management while Bryce is finishing her degree in Psychology while also holding down a postion as a gymnastic instructor at Jersey Cape Dance and Gymnastics Academy.

Together, Micah and Bryce have the strong negotiating willpower, diligent business sense, loyalty, and keen customer service that make this dynamic duo the perfect team to assist in your next sale or purchase.

HomeStead Gift Basket Winner

Harbor Fest was a HUGE success! We would like to thank everyone who stopped by the HomeStead tent. We met so many wonderful people who were interested in buying and/or selling real estate. The weather was a bit hot but that didn’t stop the crowds from coming and making this such a successful event again this year.

We would like to announce the lucky winner of HomeStead’s Gift Basket, Harry G from North Cape May. Harry won a large picnic basket filled with all things Cape May. Congratulations Harry and enjoy!

HomeStead will be attending many events throughout the community this year. When you see our white tent with the HomeStead logo stop by and say hi or stay and chat awhile. We have knowledgable associates who are eager to answer all your real estate questions whether you are thinking of buying or selling or just curious of whats going on in the real estate market.

HomeStead At Harbor Fest

This Saturday HomeStead will be participating in the very popular, Harbor Fest. Our booth will be close to the Nature Center and we will have lots of information regarding sales and rentals in the area. We will have items for you to take home and also a drawing for a gift basket. Stop by and chat with our sales and rental teams who are always eager to help you with all your real estate needs. See you there!

STINKING SNOW in CAPE MAY

Stinking Snow in Cape May   Most of you have been following my blog on my investment property.  Unfortunately, the STINKING SNOW has put that project on hold for a little bit.  The contractors that went out to give me quotes have not been able to write their quotes up.  Their excuses are many, but due to this STINKING SNOW, very understandable.  (No electric being the most common)

   Cape May and West Cape May has been without electric in many areas, some for just a short period and some for several days.  If you did not winterize your property, you probably won’t make that mistake next year.

   In our defense, I have lived here for 28 years, and can only recall one other time that the snow was this deep and remained for this long.  Homestead Real Estate has received many calls from anxious second home owners regarding their homes and the overall conditions here.

   Here is what I can tell you.  The snow is very deep, we received about 15 to 20 inches.  The biggest problem was the wind gusts combined with the snow.  It caused a lot downed power lines and broken branches, which hit even more power lines as they toppled due to snow and wind.  Many people who have gas heat, or forced air need electric to either start the system, or run the fans to blow the heated air through the house.  No electric equalled no heat for many people. 

   The next biggest problem is snow removal.  Shore areas in general are not equipped to plow, salt and shovel this amount of snow.  I have received some calls from homes I have listed for sale asking if I could go in and “check” on their home.  I would be happy to do this, but many of the walks and driveways are not plowed.  I can’t get to the front door, nor if I got there, could I move the 15 inches of snow in front of it to get it open.

   It brings us back to STINKING SNOW!

   Many of our great restaurants in Cape May open for Valentines Day.  Unfortunately, I think this years business will be far below what we normally expect.  The good news is I will be going to the Washington Inn for a wonderful dinner with my husband.  He needs to make up for my birthday, when we were in the dark, playing Srabble by candlelight and he didn’t let me win.